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Organic Katrafay

Organic Katrafay

Cedrelopsis grevei

Botanical Properties

Katrafay is a tree from the Rutaceae family. Often referred to as 'white mahogany', its vernacular name is 'Katrafay'. It grows naturally in south Madagascar and can reach up to 28m. Its alternate leaves measure around 15cm long and its pale grey, almost yellowy bark has a rough outer surface.
This tree is indigenous to Madagascar and grows on all types of soil. It may be propagated by stem cuttings or spreading seeds.

Origin and history

Katrafay wood is known for its strength and toughness. By virtue of its imperishable nature, it was traditionally used for making the royal Sakalava tombs.
Nowadays, its wood is sought after for shipbuilding, heavy construction, interior panelling and decorative woodwork. The Cedrelopsis grevei plays an important role in traditional Malagasy medicine, in which the fresh leaves and root bark are used to treat many ailments.

Organoleptic properties

Aspect: liquid
Colour: light yellow-orange

Distilled parts: Bark

Country of origin: Madagascar


Main biochemical components: Ishwarane, alpha-Copaene
Allergenic molecules naturally present in this essential oil: Limonene.
Certain natural components of this essential oil may cause allergic reactions. Please do an allergy test on the skin in the crease of your elbow before using this product.


Organic Katrafay Essential Oil is an:
• Anti-inflammatory
• Decongestant
• Anti-histamine
• Antipruritic
• Analgesic


Katrafay essential oil can be used to treat inflammatory skin diseases, eczema, varicose veins, tired legs, psoriasis and skin allergies. It is also an effective treatment for muscular pain, rheumatism, arthritis and tendinitis.



Please consult a doctor before taking any treatment or therapy orally.
On the skin: Mix 1ml of organic katrafay essential oil + 10ml calendula oil and apply to the area affected by eczema or skin allergies.
By diffusion: When diffused in the atmosphere, it works as a general tonic.


Flammable. Oral use only under medical advice. Keep out of reach of children. Unadvisable for children under the age of three, pregnant or lactating women. Do not apply to the skin before exposing oneself to the sun. Can be used in cooking. Do not apply neat to the skin.   


The information given on this site regarding essential oils are only to be taken as indications. They do in no way, aim to replace any medical advice given by a qualified doctor. For all therapeutic uses, or if you wish to obtain more information on essential oils, please consult your doctor

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